Friday, 7 June 2013

And so it begins -- My first blog

Well, I'm finally coming down from the high that was this year's Stampin' Up! Convention. 
This year's Convention in Brisbane was the best yet! Stampin' Up! was celebrating 25 years and all us demonstrators got the presents. 

I was very privileged to be asked to make projects for the Product Showcase part of Convention. A task which I did not take likely. Never one to do things by halves (my friends are sniggering now and whispering words like "driven", "single-minded" and "does she ever sleep?")

The fun began for me about six weeks before Convention when I began to get parcels containing new cardstocks, inks and stamps. Sophie Zadeh and I had discussed me doing a printer's tray full of stamped yumminess and embellishments. And I had a great time stamping, cutting and glittering tiny little bits and pieces to fill it. (Note to self here, those printer's trays are bigger than you may think and take a lot of little bits and pieces to fill it).
Because some of the stamp sets I was using were birthday sets, I was thinking about Stampin' Up!'s 25th birthday. I decided they couldn't celebrate this very special occasion without a birthday cake and set about creating a paper crafted cake with as much "wow" factor as I could muster.
I began with the gorgeous colour palette of convention, Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay, Crisp Canteloupe, So Saffron and Real Red. A very cheerful combination sure to put anyone in a party mood.
It was a big convention, so I figured at least 3 tiers were called for and of course the entire creation had to be decorated with Stampin' Up! products
A lot of experimenting, fun and a near miss incident with my husband's glue gun followed. When, my glue gun stopped working, I found out a very high temp glue gun and paper crafted flowers are not a good combination and was extremely grateful that I found that out on a single flower and didn't set the entire cake on fire. Who knew?
Still, I was happy with the result and the lovely compliments I received from other demos at convention.

Mostly, I was thrilled that the Stampin' Up! Team, and in particular, Shelli were so happy with it. And the photo of Shelli and I with my creation will be long treasured.
My 'This n That' (TM)  journal also went down well, which was pretty awesome and with each nice compliment a little more of the angst I have about my sloppy handwriting dissipated. But I will save my hints and tips for creating one of your own for another post.
So now I'm home, have finally tidied up my craft room after a six week long stamping frenzy, and my husband, John has finally stopped wearing a dusting of glitter around wherever he goes. The girls at the post office often gently let him know he has glitter on his face, followed closely by "What's Donna been creating now"?
So what's next? Well now the real fun begins as I begin scheduling regular card classes.
(Sounds of a drumroll in the background) So from now on the first Saturday of the month I will be holding card classes in my studio. From 1- 4 pm (or longer if you want to stay and play). Your first class is free and everything you need to make the cards will be provided. We will try different styles of cards and learn new techniques each month, but most of all we will be having loads of fun and I'll have a chance to share what I love.
For more information or to book a spot call 4758 8796 or 0402 608 623. 
Or if it suits you more, get a group of friends together and organise a workshop and I'll come to you.
Let the fun and games begin!!


  1. Welcome to blogging Donna! Your blog looks wonderful..just like the gorgeous printer tray and cake you made. I took lots of photos of your gorgeous work at convention..what a clever woman you are!!

  2. Donna, welcome to blog land! I am so glad you have started this blog to share your truely amazing creations. I hadn't realised you had made the cake and the smash book too - you must not have slept!!!
    I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future ... popping you in my feedly!

  3. Yay - you have a blog!! What a beautiful job you've done setting up your blog, Donna. Hardly surprising, given your creative talent; I was wowed by your Convention creations. Thank you for going to all that trouble, for our viewing pleasure!

  4. Thanks for your lovely comments ladies, but I have to add a huge thank you to the very talented Louise Sharp, who very kindly helped me get my blog up and running.
    Thanks again Louise, I couldn't have done it without you. I am so chuffed to finally have a blog!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS on your New Blog!!

  6. Omg! That cake absolutely blew me away! I also loved the printers trays, that must have been so time consuming. Louise is great when it comes to creating and/or helping out on blog creation (& all things in general) she is such a selfless woman.

    1. Thank you Marlene. Yes Louise has been incredibly supportive and I can't thank her enough. Not only is she amazingly talented and creative but she is such giving person.
      I'm so glad to now call her friend!